Photograph: Kavkazcenter.com
Editors note: This piece was inspired by an anonymous submission with a link to an article on Kavkazcenter.com - source is at the end of the piece.

The FBI continues to persistently search for those who were or may have been in contact with the Tsarnaev brothers; various sources make clear how persistent they are becoming. To date, every person which comes into question is intensely observed, interrogated, and at times, arrested. In an effort to garner as much information as possible prior to Dzhokhar’s hearing, the FBI are pulling out all of the stops. Home searches are legitimized with overnight warrants and possible suspects remain detained for days.

There are limitations to the methods law enforcement may take to investigate a suspect. However, at times, the process has become dangerously close to encroaching upon the rights of citizens.
What this means for those affected can be shown in the detaining and questioning of Mr. Musa Khadzhimuratov. On May 14, 2013, FBI agents came to the house of Mr. Khadzhimuratov and told him he had to go with them to their office for fingerprinting and DNA-testing. When he stated that these procedures could be done in his home as well, the agents presented him a warrant, issued by a judge in Massachusetts, and demanded he comply and go with them. Mr. Khadzhimuratov is disabled and his mobility is limited by a wheelchair since an attack in his home country in 2003. Thankfully, a friend accompanied him to assist with transportation to and from the questioning.

Meanwhile, his home was searched and his wife and three children were dismissed with another warrant that allegedly justified the search. Later that evening, several hours later, the family could finally return home after Mr.Khadzhimuratov had signed a list with all items removed by investigators after the search. The list included DVD’s, books and a hard drive from his home computer. 

It’s worth noting that during the search, neighbors were interviewed by the press, many who stated that they would be "shocked" that they lived next to a “terrorist”. The next few days the family were met repeatedly by the press desperately trying to get an interview though they refused to issue a statement. According to Mr. Khadzhimuratov, he had just one dinner with Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his wife, though other reports show this to be conflicting. However, the dinner contact with the “suspected Boston bomber” was sufficient enough for the FBI to obtain approval for and issue warrants to search his home and question his family.

Do you think that the FBI can justify their search for information in this case just with their possible fear of another terrorist attack, or is it an example of bullying? How do things such as one’s rights come into play in circumstances such as these that take place overseas? Are law enforcement agencies that are based in the United States, such as the FBI, permitted to operate outside of the restrictions they have in the USA if they are conducting their activities overseas? How do you think the information obtained from these circumstances holds up in a federal court of law?

truth seeker
6/16/2013 10:32:11 am

I don't know if I'd say bullying and harassment is a loose term, but the FBI seem to be grasping at straws. Supposedly Dzhokhar confessed that he and Tamerlan worked alone and nobody else was involved. In this case, why would they STILL be searching their friends and family? I feel like they're going after anyone who is a Chechen and has ever had a connection to the brothers, specifically Tamerlan. It's discrimination, plain and simple.

6/16/2013 10:56:21 am

I agree with you, I keep swaying on whether I think Jahar is guilty or innocent. Today I read his criminal complaint, and it seemed like they had all the details and proof they need. But now, I feel like the FBI is desperate to get information. With the postponement of the hearing and now this, I'm wondering if they have any proof at all.
I think the FBI is handling this very badly, I think there has to be a reason to subject these people to this kind of treatment. In the case of Todashev, I feel the FBI was very wrong!

6/16/2013 11:12:34 am

Aside from the issue of whether they are going to far, I think the FBI is trying to corroborate Dzhokhar's confession/claims that they worked alone. I know that the cops/FBI often does this in other cases. They could also be looking into Tamerlan's motivations for the crime.

6/16/2013 11:33:14 am

You make a good point, but don't you think that the way the FBI is acting is high-handed?

6/16/2013 01:03:40 pm

I agree that the FBI is being too aggressive. I'm just pointing out a possible reason why the FBI is conducting further investigation even though they allegedly already have the confession that they acted alone. They are probably trying to corroborate the claims that Jahar made and also investigate the possible motivation behind the attacks as the people who knew/spoke to Tamerlan might have some insight.

6/16/2013 12:56:46 pm

Truth Seeker and LK you made good points, both opposite of each other, but they are both something to think about.
I don't believe bullying is the right word but I think that the police make it out like it is justified to hassle this disabled man and his family out of their home in a show of force and power over them. The police do have the right and justification to search anyone as a threat of violence in any form. And yes they have power over all of us, but it does seem like they went out of there way to alienate this family at the slight gesture that they had a minimal encounter with a Tsarnaev.
I think the media and the law alike should have been more sensitive to what they are exposing about their questioning of Musa Khadzhimuratov and why. As stated, they could have done this in his home, however they went about it in a manner that makes the Khadzhimuratov's seem more like a threat (regardless if that was their intention or not). This is him and his family's life that they are compromising- their sense of peace, security, confidence in being an American citizen like anyone else, but a different race/nationality or religion (if that is the case). Already people will start to think "this Musa guy must be a terrorist" or think he is inherently bad because he had dinner with Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

6/17/2013 03:01:50 am

They are keep doing this and using mostly aggressive means to come in contact with people who knew the brothers because they are not satisfied by just claiming that only 2 people are guilty. After 9/11 their targets were mostly Arab and Pakistani Muslims. Now, they are trying to present people from the Northern Caucasus, particularly Chechens as the new 'terrorist front attacking the States''

6/17/2013 01:12:02 pm

I would say from the killing of Todashev in Florida that the FBI (and possibly the Mass State Police) are grossly abusing their power harassing Chechens, including killing 2 of them, so far. These abuses have gone largely unchallenged except for the ACLU and the Council for Muslim-American Relations re Todashev. When members of an ethnic minority suddenly fall under suspicion with little to no evidence, are killed on suspicion without trial, are followed, spied on, interviewed with little to no connection to another suspect, once again, all based on ethnicity, it is an abuse of power.
I worry about Dzhokhar's 2 young friends that were UMass students and who lived in New Bedford, Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov, Kazakhstan citizens. They are being held in prison for allegedly removing Dzhokhar's bag from his apartment. What are the FBI and police doing to these 2 young men? They have said that they are trying to get the 2 to testify against Dzhokhar or they may not be allowed to go home. They will go to prison for years instead. Will they be forced to give false testimony against their friend in exchange for their freedom?? I worry about them. They are being dealt with in a ridiculously harsh way. Why other than to force them to testify?
FBI abuse of power!!

6/17/2013 02:45:28 pm

I agree the FBI is dealing with his friends very harshly. If the FBI's evidence against Dzhokhar is as strong/airtight as it is claimed to be, FBI won't need their testimony. There are so many questions surrounding the FBI's apparent bungling of the Todashev case that even law-enforcement officials known to my family harshly criticize it, and these people rarely criticize law enforcement actions on any level.

6/19/2013 06:54:47 pm

due process!


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